Newser- A Burger King worker apparently wanted to have it his way as he was fired from the Florida restaurant where he worked—so he allegedly flame-broiled his uniform. That's what 24-year-old Timothy Alejandro Ortiz is accused of doing after he was terminated from a Palencia location last week, the St. Augustine Record reports. Witnesses said that before walking out of the BK, Ortiz set ablaze his hat and uniform, which were supposed to be returned to the company.
As his erstwhile work attire burned, Ortiz got into "several arguments with the managers and customers who saw what happened and called the Sheriff's Office," the police report notes. He had taken off by the time cops got there, but they caught up with him at his home, where police say he cursed and yelled, wouldn't let himself be handcuffed, and tried to evade a stun gun. He finally surrendered and was charged with damage to property, resisting an officer without violence, and disorderly conduct, per the Record.
What do you even have to do to get canned from a Burger King? Being told you're not doing your job efficiently enough when your job it to prepare food that people expect next to nothing out of quality wise is the most demoralizing shit that could happen to a person. If Burger King doesn't want you anymore then they are basically saying that you are incapable of having a job. It doesn't get lower than that. Of course he lashed out. He had to lash out. And what better way to lash out then by burning the uniform you've been forced to parade around in all day, every day. The hat that's undoubtedly two sizes too small? The polo shirt that smells so much like french fries that it's probably ruined the smell of french fries for him forever? Talk about an easy target. I'm surprised that every former employee of Burger King hasn't set their uniform ablaze. Burger King should have a flat top grill set aside strictly for the outfits of dismissed employees. At the very least they should have a fire pit in the back. Those frustrations are getting taken out one way or another and if it's not through the burning of a dime a dozen, mass produced collared shirt then it would probably be through something much more extreme. I don't want to speak for Timothy Alejandro Ortiz here, but his only other option probably involved far more victims. Burger King has an entirely separate menu where everything costs a single dollar, and the most broke ass thing they do is require their workers to return their ratty old clothes for reuse.